New to motorcycling as of last year. Started on a 2014 zx6-r and upgraded to a 10-r this weekend. I like the bike quite bit but feel that while the increase in acceleration was a welcome addition to the fun factor - it felt manageable as long as you progressively tested the boundaries.
I felt pretty confident on the 6r to point of going out for a 'group ride' a few weeks ago. Managed to keep the rubber side down .. +1. With 70 miles on my new bike, it seems like I could do the group ride thing just as easily, but am not sure if there are any other restrictions than the keeping the rpm's below a specific threshold (8k?) for the break-in period (and riding towards the back of the group of course.) Anyone feel this is a bad idea?
For reference I came from a cycling background so basic approaches to turns, don't fixate on a target ,etc.. I feel confident with those basics.
I'd Also like to take the bike out to one of the track days once the break-in period has expired. Not sure what I'd need for that. Would it be ok to use the stock tires that came with the bike?
Lastly - I've read that Kawi sets the front chainring? tall (17t?) in order to prevent noobs from killing themselves as soon as they leave the parking lot. Will dropping to 16t have a noticeable effect? I'd like to work the gears a little more - similar to the 6r.
Any advice or direction for the soon to be noob track day motorcyclist would be appreciated.
Also - if any of you happen to be in the MSP or STP area - I could use some peeps to ride with. My neighborhood has mostly Hardley's.. hehe.
Thanks in Advance,
Alex (38yr old with a kid - completely interested in coming home in one piece